One of the most striking options in the Apple ecosystem is the ability of its devices to transfer files wirelessly through AirDrop technology.
That was not feasible on Android because of the amount of customizations that exist on the Google platform, but now Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo have reached an agreement to establish a common technology that allows users of their devices to access that file transfer between each other with speeds of up to 20 MB per second.
AirDrop in Chinese version
This unique alliance will allow users of all types of mobile devices of these manufacturers to send and receive image files, videos, songs or documents wirelessly and quickly, and without the need for third-party applications.
The agreement between Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo is relevant in the West since these firms already sell many mobiles here, but it is especially notable in China, where these three manufacturers have almost 50% joint share of smartphone sales.
This technology makes use of the Bluetooth connectivity of these devices and arises shortly after we have learned of the existence of ‘Fast Share’, an alternative that Google itself proposes and that could begin to be available in Android Q.
Other manufacturers may join this effort, and in fact, all eyes are on Huawei, which if added to that movement would make the feature much more noticeable. This manufacturer has a feature called OneHop that was presented at the 2019 MWC and does something similar. It is present for example in EMUI 9.1, which has been available for more than a month.
It is expected that this new option that seems to be called “Mobile Direct Fast Exchange” for mobile phones from these manufacturers will be available at the end of August 2019. It remains to be seen if the movement ends up adding more partners that make Android users finally have a native alternative for that AirDrop that works so well in the Apple ecosystem.